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2/27/15

Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise shoots to #1 on the iTunes album chart off a phenomenal set p from two monster singles at three radio formats, while Drake continues to dominate the landscape with his Valentine's Day surprise still sitting at #2...


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YOUR RADIO CHART PREVIEWS
2/27/15

We've put our radio news updates in their respective "silos," but here's your pocket guide to some key Mediabase formats. At Top 40, RCA keeps the Ronson/Mars "Uptown Funk" bumping at #1 for a sixth week, while Big Machine's Taylor Swift makes big gains and Kemosabe/Columbia's Lunchmoney Lewis debuts on the chart. Ronson rules at Rhythm too, with labelmate Pitbull at #2 as Roc Nation's Rihanna/Kanye/Paul hit the Top 10. And RCA's Walk the Moon spends another week atop the Alternative chart, while Epic's Modest Mouse should take the top spot next week. Meanwhile, RCA currently has the #1 record at six formats and is gunning for a seventh; stay tuned.

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GLOBAL RELEASE DAY:
THE STATE OF THE ARGUMENT
2/27/15

As the dust starts to settle on the IFPI’s announcement of Friday as a global release day, the state of the conversation can more or less be summarized thusly...


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THE "GLORY" STORY
2/27/15

A song has the unique ability to make you feel a moment in a way that a speech or a photo cannot. Paramount Pictures President of Motion Picture Music Randy Spendlove tells the backstory of the song that won the Oscar.


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REPORTS OFF-TARGET, SAYS TARGET
2/27/15

It now appears that Target’s proverbial knickers are not in a twist about the adoption of a worldwide Friday release date. 


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I.B.’s HISTORY LESSON:
THE ’90s “SUPER LABEL”
2/27/15

In his latest column, I.B. Bad find a precedent for Republic’s business model in a company that existed shortly before the end of the last century. 


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YE JOLLY OLDE iTUNES U.K. CHARTS
2/27/15

Two days after the BRIT Awards, the aftereffect remains strong.


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THE JANIS AND TUPAC SHOW
2/27/15

Jeff Jampol wants you to watch more TV. But don’t fast-forward through the commercials—they’re the most important part. The biz’s premier manager of the formerly living has landed two of his artists, Janis Joplin and Tupac Shakur, in major campaigns.


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FAREWELL, LEONARD NIMOY
2/27/15

LEONARD NIMOY, whose portrayal of the half-Vulcan/half-human Mr. Spock on Star Trek made him a pop-culture staple, died today of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; he was 83. 


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URBAN RENEWAL AT EPIC
2/27/15

Epic topper L.A. Reid has brought in Breyon Prescott as Head of Urban A&R. As part of his deal, Prescott will bring his Chameleon Entertainment imprint to the label.


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The snowy franchise is about to heat up again, shortly.
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